“Are You a Natural Science Student or a Disappointment?” And Other Societal Commentaries

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[Snippet] This will probably, then, lead to boredom while learning, their passion dying etc... Imagine a future based on a preparatory school like this...

So which one are you? The natural student that's praised to take after Newton or the failure that chose to do "simple" economics and discern "basic" history. I thought I had better walk the walk as a natural science student. Not because my parents forced it, and certainly not because of what my teachers were expecting (I, honestly, would've chosen it merely as a statement of rebellion had it not been gambling with my future for a cheap value). I chose to spend my time doing a bit of science and doing a lot of understanding that the mitochondrion is the powerhouse of the cell because of the sort of epiphany I had on my 10thgrade matriculation. It was the last day of the exam season and we were taking geography and history. Right after shading the last answer, I and my few remaining brain cells agreed not to ever sit for a social subject exam. And that's it for me. I dislike taking social subject exams. And I am admittedly a lover of physics. (It's a love-hate relationship, but yeah).


Now I think most of us had a conversation about how social students are discriminated against. And it might not even sound like a big deal... until you pay close attention to what it is doing to society. Well, just consider this scenario. Person A (let's call this little chap Abebe) so, Abebe wants to pursue political science in college. And thus discusses it with his parents and tells them that he wants to be a social student in high school. Abebe's parents, being incredibly helpful for their child's future, refuse. Furthermore, tell him that he would besmirch their name if he grows to become a politician. As you can see Thus, Abebe (and the millions of Abebe's and Abebech's that exist around us) shall settle for being the natural science student (and ironically tell the world that that's what they chose). This will probably, then, lead to boredom while learning, their passion dying, cramming for exams, spitting what they know and then simply leaving the exam hall leaving what they crammed there. Imagine a future based on a preparatory school like this...


Social students have obviously received much of the discrimination, but I would like to also add few things about this generation that is thriving. The so-called "youth" is nothing but a bunch of souls attempting to thrive continuously being told that there ain't no room for the new. We as a species didn't even crack much about our very consciousness and intelligence scientifically, yet somehow think that what we see is all there is. (This paragraph is written so that you can raise your passion and ambition by at least 0.1 per cent in case you didn't get it yet, brethren).


Now, honestly speaking, an article on some random blog might not change much but might spark that feeling of being heard and seen. Which is the first step in many movements. But I don't want this subject to simply live chained behind few words, here and there. "Awareness" is, I believe, something one can do the most and... sometimes the least. Changing a whole society that's rooted in some idea is tough, but maybe we can prune the growing generation by cutting off the old toxic traditions (and by that, I wrap the plant metaphor and this article as well).

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